THE EMERGENCE OF THE MONOTYPE

Petunias II

Petunias II
Blanche Lazzell, 1922
color monotype, 35.5 x 30.5 cm
(14 x 12 in.), Smithsonian American Art Museum


Lazzell Biography

Although Blanche Lazzell studied with William Merritt Chase at the Art Students League in New York in 1908, her brightly colored monotypes of flower arrangements, based on her garden in Provincetown, have little in common with Chase's monochrome tonal compositions. They are much more closely related to the white-line woodcuts developed by Lazzell and other Provincetown artists, including Ellen Ravenscroft, as a means of making color prints from a single block.


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